This morning I read to the 5th graders at Alexis's school. She chose an awesome book for me to read. Sorry, no pics of that. And then I talked about writing, and the bright students had so many good questions.
I enjoy school visits so much. The kids are always attentive and interested. They are well-informed about books, reading and writing. Teachers are doing a great job encouraging our young people to journal and write short stories.
One of the boys had written a vampire story. One of the girls had read Twilight. They asked how many books I've written and if I had favorites and where I sit to work. They told me their names, and I told them how many of their names I'd used for a character in one of my books.
Mrs. Mitchell is a great teacher. She had prepared the students for the visit, helped Alexis choose the book, and then she had saved a big surprize for the end.
She asked Alexis to come sit beside me and announced that Alexis's story had been published in a national newspaper for teachers and students! Alexis was so excited that she couldn't read her story to the class, so I had the honor of reading it to them.
What a great morning, and one we won't ever forget.
And--great news! I get to go to another school in a couple of weeks!
I couldn't help thinking about those students in Rwanda who need pens and paper to attend school. Please scroll down to the next post and see how you can send a student to school for under a dollar!